Women in Television panel at Australian International Screen Forum 2019. From left to right: Meggie Palmer, Kathryn O’Kane, Laura Eason.

Kathryn O’Kane is the showrunner of the James Beard award-winning “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” a four-part travel culinary series on Netflix.  She recently directed and produced episodes of “Death Row Stories,” a true crime documentary series for CNN in conjunction with Jigsaw Productions and Sundance Productions.  Told by current and former death row inmates, the series poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system.

Kathryn was two days away from filming her latest project “Parenting Without Borders” when COVID-19 shut down production around the globe. Kathryn is the director and show runner the four part travel series for Disney+ which will be hosted by Jessica Alba.  Like storytellers everywhere, Kathryn is actively looking for solutions to safely continue production on this and other projects in the near future.

Kathryn is a director and producer with over 20 years of diverse experience in television, advertising, and web media. She has produced shows for ABC primetime, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Netflix, The Sundance Channel, and USA Network and provided content for such distinguished clients as Apple, NASA, IBM, Gucci, The Rockwell Group, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Gillette, Budlight, and Grey Goose Vodka.

Kathryn’s strength is telling character-driven stories working with both verité and interview-driven approaches. She has crafted narratives as diverse as “Mission Juno” documenting NASA’s probe to Jupiter, the award-winning “Oprah presents Master Class” the flagship series for OWN, and “Talking Dead” the hit show for AMC. Recent commercial projects include assignments for United Airlines, SAP, and the Carolinas Healthcare System.

Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, Kathryn first learned the power of messaging while organizing election observations in the Dominican Republic with President Jimmy Carter. She now seeks to bridge cultural differences through art and storytelling.

Kathryn is honored to serve on the board of directors of New York Women in Film and Television to support the careers of women in the entertainment industry. Her commercial reel is part of #FreetheWork, which advocates on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry.  She  is also a member of the Emmy Television Academy.

On the set of Master Class with Oprah Winfrey
The Hollywood Reporter, March 4, 2020.
The Guardian, October 4, 2018.
Friday Night Tykes, The New York Times, 2015.
Friday Night Tykes, The New York Times, 2014.
Oprah Presents Master Class, Vanity Fair, 2011.
Ford Bold Moves, Business Week, 2006.